Where in San Francisco can you find homemade sour cream, a pint for $1.51? Wild smoked salmon for $9.99 a pound, and fresh based pound loaves of raisin bread and Bavarian sour rye bread for $2.19 each? If you guessed somewhere on Geary Street you’d be right. Perhaps the onion dome of the Russian Orthodox church tipped you off, this is a Russian neighborhood. And there are quite a few Russian stores along Geary Street right around 20th Avenue.

If you are looking for unusual ingredients like Russian pastrami, frozen pelmenyi dumplings, kefir, caviar, farmers cheese and lovely honey with pine nuts look no further than New World Market. Because many of the packages lack English labels you can be as adventurous as you like. Some of my top discoveries have been a sour plum barbecue sauce, marinated mushrooms, Russian bacon, and frozen packages of puff pastry squares.

But even if you just want to stock up on “basics” you’ll find lots of great stuff here. With a deli counter running the length of the store you can try one thing after another whatever your tastes may be. There are prepared Russian salads and entrees and tons of packaged goods that are priced very reasonably almost without exception.

New World Market
5641 Geary Blvd. @ 21st

Russian Shopping Trip 6 July,2005Amy Sherman

  • Catherine

    This is a very cool tip. I lived in Russia for a year and just blogged about one particular eating experience. Now that I eat meat, I’d love some pelmeni!

  • Amy Sherman

    They sell all kinds of pelmenyi, meat ones but also potato ones that are very good.


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
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In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
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Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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